I have praised President Bush for his policies to keep America safe from terrorism and for his Supreme Court appointments. Where, in my estimation, did he fall short? Right from the start, I was bothered by his terminology, particularly his emphasis on “compassionate conservatism.” Now I know that may not seem like much to some people, and I also know that he took the title from an excellent Christian author, Marvin Olasky. Yet it seemed to come across as a… Read more »
Alito (left) & Roberts Another of Bush’s positive accomplishments was adding two respected conservative justices to the Supreme Court. John Roberts replaced William Rehnquist as Chief Justice after Rehnquist’s death. Joseph Alito took over for retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Both Roberts and Alito are considered to be original intent jurists, seeking to find the reasons the founders included certain provisions in the Constitution. They do not believe that judges should make law. In this, Roberts mirrors Rehnquist; Alito is more concerned… Read more »
I interrupt this analysis of the Bush presidency with a news alert: Obama is on record as favoring the legalization of same-sex marriages. The document can be viewed here: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0109/Obama_backed_samesex_marriage_in_1996.html?showall While this is not a surprise to me, I offer it for those who have tried to hide behind his rhetoric that he does not favor it. He knew he could not come out in favor and win the presidency, but this document makes it clear what he really believes…. Read more »
Rarely has a president had to face what Bush faced just eight months into his presidency. The only other times that enemies have attacked American soil were in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and at Pearl Harbor. The 9/11 attacks stunned the nation and called for a determined, forceful response. Bush gave it as he stood on the rubble of the Twin Towers. He vowed that the people who had perpetrated this terrorism would hear from us soon…. Read more »
Last week, I spoke at the Republican Club of Lakeland, providing my analysis of the positives and negatives of the Bush presidency. I began with a discussion of the 2000 election, which caused so much rancor in the nation. Through all the recounts and challenges, it was clear that George Bush won Florida, and therefore the election. It was a legitimate victory, marred primarily by attempts to overthrow it. Almost immediately, the media began its attack, treating Bush as a fraudulent president…. Read more »
President-elect Obama gave a speech the other day at George Mason University in which he made the following comment: The majority of Americans’ attitude toward government has changed drastically in recent years. Only government can break the vicious cycles that are crippling our economy — where a lack of spending leads to lost jobs which leads to even less spending. So now we are at peace with big government because only government can save the economy. Notice also the emphasis… Read more »
With all the talk lately about how “moderate” Obama has become, Christians (as well as other conservatives) should keep this in mind: He has not changed his mind on these issues, and they form the bedrock of a successful society.